[updated below with other Argyll bands’ results] First blood of the 2016 season at the top level of pipe band competition has gone to Argyll’s Inveraray & District Pipe Band.
At the first major contest of the year, the British Championships – held today, 21st May 2016, at St James Park in Paisley, the IDPB took first place at the highest level of competition – Grade 1- four points ahead of Northern Ireland’s legendary band and 2015 world champions, the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band.
They were also eight points ahead of the third placed band, Dublin’s celebrated St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band; with Scottish Power twelve points adrift of them in fourth.
The Inveraray band took first place for its drumming and second place from both piping judges and the judge of ensemble playing.
This was not just the best but the most consistent performance of the senior bands, with Field Marshal Montgomery taking first place from both piping judges but with a sixth place for its drum corps and a third for its ensemble performance.
St Laurence O’Toole took first for their ensemble playing but fifth and sixth respectively from the two piping judges and third for their drumming.
The IDPB performance suggests that the band has tackled the issue of 2015 which was occasionally erratic performance of the drum corps.
This is a cracking start to the 2016 season for a band which has rewritten the record books in world pipe band competition and congratulations from across Argyll and much further will be wining their way to the band tonight – including our own.
This is inspirational stuff – and it will make the band’s many supporters hungry for more.
Other Argyll bands at the British
- Oban came 2nd and Isle of Islay 14th in Grade 2.
- Kintyre Schools came 6th in Grade 3A.
- Oban High School came 7th and Dunoon Grammar School 10th and last in the Novice A contest.
- Mid Argyll came 6th and Rothesay and District 9th in Grade 4B.
- Kintyre Schools came 2nd and Oban High School 9th in the Novice B contest.